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Freeman Employees Help the Homeless

DALLAS – (December 21, 2011) – Freeman, the premier provider of integrated services for face-to-face marketing events, announced today a donation of more than $38,000 to the Bridge Homeless Recovery Shelter to combat homelessness in the community. Freeman employees raised more than $19,000 to benefit The Bridge, and Freeman agreed to match employee donations.

The Bridge, part of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, is a nationally unique multi-purpose facility, based on a public-private partnership, focusing on serving the chronically homeless. The Bridge provides an average of 1,200 adults in need with services each day, including emergency care, housing and transitional care provisions.

“The Bridge does exceptional work assisting people who need food, clothing and shelter, and we are all honored to partner with The Bridge to contribute to its crucial work,” said Carrie Freeman Parsons, Vice Chair of Freeman.

During the donation presentation, a Bridge guest commented on the impact The Bridge has had on his life, “eight months ago I was on the street. Then I started coming here. With the help I received, I went from being homeless to living in an apartment with my wife and two daughters. Now I’m back on my feet thanks to The Bridge and the generosity of its supporters.”

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who has been involved with The Bridge since its inception in 2008, accepted the donation on behalf of The Bridge. Mayor Rawlings was instrumental in the fundraising efforts to build and open the facility, and he continues to raise awareness of homelessness issues throughout Dallas.

 

ABOUT FREEMAN
Since 1927, Freeman has provided customers with comprehensive services for face-to-face marketing events including expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits. Headquartered in Dallas, with 70 offices in North America, Freeman produces more than 14,000 special events annually, including more than half of the 200 largest U.S. trade shows. Freeman has the ability to assist customers in all aspects of the trade show process, from set-up to take-down and everything in between. An employee-owned company, Freeman places an emphasis on respect for people, providing unparalleled customer service. Freeman has received numerous awards for excellence in the trade show. For more information visit www.freemanco.com

 

ABOUT THE BRIDGE
The Bridge is a unique multi-service campus providing a continuum of care developed to engage people experiencing long-term homelessness in both emergency care and housing and transitional care and housing, in one location. The Bridge provides a dynamic entry point for homeless persons to access multiple services in one centralized site in the south downtown Dallas area. Nineteen Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) organizations collaborate to provide services at The Bridge. Funds for the land purchase and building construction were generated through a $23.8 million City Bond Program passed in 2005. Continued funding for The Bridge comes in large part from the City of Dallas and private corporations and/or individuals. For more information visit www.thebridgenorthtexas.org